Cristiano Ronaldo scores 600th career goal to ensure Juventus share spoils with Inter Milan (Match Report)

Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan’s rocket of a volley was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s daisy-cutter which marked the Portuguese 600th career goal.

With that spectacular goal Ronaldo has now scored his 27th goal for Juventus after five for Sporting Lisbon, 118 at Manchester United and 450 for Real Madrid.

His 600th career club goal came on the same day as Lionel Messi scored his 598th Barcelona goal, during their match against Levante.

The Bianconeri had already won the Scudetto and came to San Siro missing numerous players.

Inter have not beaten Juve since a 2-1 home result in September 2016, now managing only two draws and three defeats. They took the opportunity to openly mock the Bianconeri for their quarter-final exit to Ajax, as the entire Curva Nord was a huge choreography depicting the Champions League trophy with the words: ‘Game Over.’

It was the perfect start for the hosts, because just seven minutes in a corner came out to 25-30 metres for the most extraordinary Nainggolan right-foot volley that swerved viciously in the air, so that when Wojciech Szczesny did get an arm to it, the ball bounced back off it and into the net.

Inter kept pushing, as Szczesny palmed an Icardi strike over from a tight angle, then on the resulting corner blocked Stefan de Vrij’s header on the line.

Federico Bernardeschi’s ferocious effort skimmed the bar with Samir Handanovic stranded, while Blaise Matuidi used his body to charge down an Icardi effort from point-blank range on a corner.

First Ronaldo’s strike from close range was charged down by De Vrij, almost without the defender’s knowledge, then moments later CR7 completed a give-and-go with Miralem Pjanic’s back-heel flick to hit a left-foot daisy-cutter into the near bottom corner from the edge of the box. It was unstoppable and got Juventus back on level terms.

Kwadwo Asamoah risked an own goal with his chest back to Handanovic, while Perisic seemed as if he had to score, but blasted from close range and Szczesny got his fingertips to it.

Juve increasingly pinned Inter back and Handanovic did well to keep a Pjanic volley under control, as it went through a sea of legs. Emre Can then smashed his strike inches over the crossbar, while substitute Joao Mario stung Szczesny’s gloves within a minute of coming off the bench.

Matheus Pereira made his Serie A debut and almost scored the winner in the final minute, as Ronaldo’s cross went over after a double ricochet in the six-yard box.

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Luis Suarez fires first shot at former club Liverpool ahead of Champions League clash at Nou Camp

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has ruled out any possibility of friendship on the field as his club face Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash at the Nou Camp during the week.

Suarez faces his former side for the first time since he left Anfield in 2014 but he will be firmly focused on the task of pushing Barcelona to a first Champions League final since 2015.

“I am massively grateful to Liverpool and they gave me a lot, he told an interview with UK newspaper the Daily Mail

“But on the pitch, there are no friendships.

“It is always nice to talk about these things, but that will not be on my mind when I step onto the pitch.”

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Antonio Conte opens up on €9.5m salary offered to him to handle Serie A club as his assistant coach at Chelsea joins talks

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has reacted to reports that AS Roma has offered him €9.5m salary to join them in the summer.

The Coach will be free of his ties to Chelsea this summer and said he is interested in a return to Italy, with Juventus, Inter and Roma known to be considering his services.

According to Football Italia, the gaffer said: “We’ll see, we’ll see…”

A Roma fan, who also happened to work with laroma24 website, asked Conte for a photograph when they met on the beach in Porto Cesareo.

She asked specifically if he was coming to Roma and he did not rule it out. “We’ll see, we’ll see…”

He also laughed when told that Rome is after all a nicer place to live than London.

La Repubblica newspaper also claims Roma are in negotiations to bring in Paolo Bertelli, the fitness coach who worked with Conte for Italy and Chelsea.

West Ham put dent on Tottenham Top Four charge after beating Pochettino’s team (Match Report)

Tottenham suffered setback in their top four aspiration after West Ham United became the first team to beat them at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday by 1-0.

There was only one goal in the game, scored by Michail Antonio in the 67th minute, but both sides created plenty of chances throughout the game, although Tottenham’s were not as clear-cut as the visitors’, who could have won by a bigger margin were it not for some good saves in the second half from Hugo Lloris when the game was getting stretched.

At the other end, Lukasz Fabianski kept out first-half efforts from Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen, while we almost snatched a point right at the end, only for substitute Vincent Janssen’s far post effort to be cleared off the line by Fabian Balbuena.

Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena were colossal at the back for West Ham, repelling everything that came their way, while Felipe Anderson and Antonio’s speed out wide kept Tottenham honest.

Antonio’s strike was one of real quality too, as he took the ball down on his chest before lashing high into the net, to give his team three points that the 3,000 travelling fans would celebrate wildly.

As it has been in four of the hosts’ five games at the new stadium this season, it was goalless at half-time and it needed a good block from Alderweireld to keep it that way two minutes after the restart, as a shot from Tottemham’s former full-back Fredericks cannoned off him and over the bar. Marko Arnautovic then drove straight at Lloris as the visitors opened the half brightly.

The game really started to open up with both sides having good attacking opportunities without making the best of them, the final pass on so many occasions not finding its intended target. But when Arnautovic picked up the ball out wide on the right, he certainly did find his target with an excellent pass in to Antonio in the area, the Hammers’ forward controlling the ball on his chest before volleying past Lloris from eight yards mid-way through the second half.

The Hammers went close to extending their lead late on, with Antonio denied a second by Lloris before Issa Diop had his low shot tipped past the post.

Spurs substitute Vincent Janssen almost levelled deep into stoppage time but Fabian Balbuena cleared his header off the line.

After the defeat, Tottenham Hotspur remain in third position with 70 points, three points above fourth-placed Chelsea.

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